Hemsby herring festival is declared a success

Herring Festival 2017

Herring Festival 2017 - Credit: Archant

Hemsby's Longshore Herring Festival was a big success, adding more cash to the pot to build a lifeboat new station.

Herring Festival 2017

Herring Festival 2017 - Credit: Archant

A total of 490 pounds (222 kilograms) of fresh herring was cooked in over 1,000 bread rolls.

The fish was donated by Paul Lines and the baps were given to the lifeboat crew by Scratby Bakery.

The herring were cooked over barbecues in the open air as part of the festival which also included displays from East Anglian Working Newfoundland Dogs, an auction, tombolas, music and model boats.

Coxswain of Hemsby Lifeboat, Dan Hurd, said the day had been great and raised around £4,500 which will be added to the fund to construct a new, modern lifeboat station.

Herring Festival 2017

Herring Festival 2017 - Credit: Archant


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He added: 'We started this about 25 years ago as it's nice to keep the tradition of the place alive.'

The next big fundraiser for the station is the Santa Claus sleigh runs in December.

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Herring Festival 2017

Herring Festival 2017 - Credit: Archant

Herring Festival 2017

Herring Festival 2017 - Credit: Archant

Herring Festival 2017

Herring Festival 2017 - Credit: Archant

The Hemsby lifeboat in operation on a previous call-out. Picture: Hemsby Lifeboat

The Hemsby lifeboat in operation on a previous call-out. Picture: Hemsby Lifeboat - Credit: Archant

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